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Josh Hamilton got to Sabathia early with a three run homer in the first inning
Failing one of the best starters in baseball is not an easy thing to do.
Yet not a lot of good came out of Sabathia's start.
The big left-hander lasted just 4.0 innings, giving up 6 hits, five walks, and five earned runs, while striking out three.
CC struggled from the get go: he seemed timid and unfocused on the mound, two adjectives that are rarely used to describe the 6'7, 290 lb former Cy Young winner.
Sabathia seemed to have problems repeating his delivery, and his control suffered mightily. His fastball was all over the place, missing high and away more often than not.
He even yielded a balk and came close to giving up a second.
The biggest thing you need from your starters in the playoffs, especially on a team like the Yankees, is an opportunity for the offense to win the game. Even if you don't have your best stuff, which Sabathia clearly did not have, finding a way to pitch out of jams and eat up some innings is a major plus.
Unfortunately, Sabathia was not able to find any groove and departed far earlier than most people expected he would.
It's hard to construe anything CC Sabathia did as positive. He's still a great pitcher, though, and should bounce back whenever his next start falls.